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Abeya D. Terfassa
Ethiopia
Public Management

I am an Assistant Lecturer and currently work at the University of Dire Dawa in the department of Psychology. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Education Degree in Pedagogical Science and English as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Developmental Psychology.

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Amos Kabarega
Rwanda
Civic Leadership

I work for Global Communities Rwanda where I am in charge of financial services. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in finance. I am the founder of Behavior Change Fellowship of Leadership, through which I mentor high school students.

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Anita Namuyaba
Uganda
Public Management

I work with Global Health Corps as an operations associate. I also volunteer with the Rotaract Club of Makindye in Uganda and the African Youth Union. Rotaract is a non-profit organization, which fundraises for, and implements, community empowerment projects. I serve as the Treasurer of the Rotaract Club.

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Birikit Terefe Tiruneh
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am a feminist who is committed to bring change in women's lives. I am currently working with more than 500 women, training them in health, leadership and entrepreneurship skills.

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Bruce Nabaasa
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am a medical laboratory coordinator and currently run a medical clinic in a Kampala slum area known as Kisenyi. I use my background to serve as a volunteer with medical missions in northern Uganda. I am also involved in reviewing the curriculum for the National Council for Higher Education in Uganda.

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Caren Wakoli
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am a social entrepreneur, and the founder and executive director of Emerging Leaders Foundation, an organization that focuses on empowering young people to be agents of change. I have over 14 years’ experience in youth empowerment work in Africa. I am a holder of a Master of Arts degree in International Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

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Carolyn Kandusi
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I am a women’s and girls’ rights activist. I believe in second chances. I am who I am today because I was given a second chance to pursue my education after having been a victim of teenage pregnancy at the age of 15. I want to help other victims of teenage pregnancy pursue their education and to reach their full potential.

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Cedric Quanekpone
Central African Republic
Civic Leadership

I am a doctor as well as a human rights activist. Through an NGO that I founded, I work to improve children's lives, specifically by improving their access to education. I support initiatives which aim to make women independent and give youth access to training.

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Charles Ombuya
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am the founder of Green Generation Association, an environmental organization that aims to inspire youth to take action to make the world a better place. I also volunteer for African Youth Initiative on Climate Change, which aims to ensure engage youth in environmental conservation.

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Cindy Adem
Kenya
Civic Leadership

As a recent graduate with a law degree, I have big dreams that sometimes make people consider me a little crazy. My parents have come to understand that I will never be average; I want something more. I am passionate about the rights of persons living with disability. At the end of my life, I want people to know that I lived and loved.

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Clany Berty Poaty
Republic of Congo
Civic Leadership

I am a civil servant and a social studies tutor at the American School in Brazzaville, as well as a consultant and trainer at the International Committee of the Red Cross. I am a holder of a Bachelor's degree in human resource management and a Master’s degree in education.

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Collins Kimaro
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I work with an initiative that aims to empower young people by developing their entrepreneurial skills. I have previously served as president of a society that fundraises and campaigns against hunger. I’ve also served as a leader of AISEC, an NGO that empowers young people with leadership skills in order to positively impact their community.

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Elsa Semere
Eritrea
Civic Leadership

I am a master’s student of Maternal and Child Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and I work part-time as a problem-based-learning facilitator. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a post-graduate diploma in maternal and child health. I volunteer with two NGOs that provide care for chronically ill children in South Africa.

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Eric Kimori Gichana
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I volunteer as a Programs Director at Healthcare Rescue Centre, an NGO that promotes access to healthcare for vulnerable, marginalized and people in remote areas. I consider myself a passionate change agent in the community, working especially to support rural communities to access relevant information and knowledge.

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Eric Muthomi
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Law and an award-winning entrepreneur with over five years experience working in the food security sector. I am skilled in value-addition, innovation, agribusiness management and fundraising.

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Ernest Jacob Tuape
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a volunteer with Kampala Capital City Authority in the agribusiness and urban farming department. My work entails connecting farmers in Kampala to available, alternative market channels. I also run a book club for children between ages six and 12 years in order to build a culture of reading among youth in Kampala.

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Fabian Shayo
Tanzania
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a student at the University of Dar es Salaam pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and Information Technology. I am intrigued by entrepreneurship and plan to start a business when I graduate from university.

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Fatouma Youssouf Kani Elmi
Djibouti
Civic Leadership

For the past five years, I have worked closely with women, focusing on projects to end violence against women. I have heard so many stories about women whose lives have been disrupted by violence, and so I work to achieve a society free of violence. I am passionate about my country, and I believe, with time, we can indeed change our communities.

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Gloria Kalabamu
Tanzania
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a lawyer and am also pursuing my Master’s Degree at the University of Dar es Salaam. I am currently finalizing my research to determine the relevance of laws and the response of legislation to the changing socioeconomic situation in Tanzania. As an advocate, I am committed to dispersing knowledge to others.

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Herbert Mushumba
Rwanda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a doctor at a local district hospital in the Northern province of Rwanda. Because of my passion to have a local impact, I’m also involved in community health outreach programs. These programs help to raise awareness about health issues such as maternal and child health, reproductive health, and family planning.

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Honest Kansiime Fortunate
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am the founder and Executive Director of Girls to Lead Africa, an incubator for female policy makers. My passion is to end injustice of any kind against women and girls, and to work towards a world where women and girls can live in dignity. I am also a 2015 Akili Dada Fellow and consider myself a politician.

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Honore Nzambu
Democratic Republic of Congo
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the co-founder of two companies, Altitude Concept Limited and Afrique Prospere. Altitude Concept Limited provides information technology while Afrique Prospere offers coaching services on leadership and success-based principles. I am a holder of a Master’s degree in computer engineering.

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Imamu Vuai Mtumwa
Tanzania
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am an emerging entrepreneur and co-founder of Tanzania Peace Initiative Foundation, a non-governmental organization. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building from Kampala International University.

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Jacinter Awuor Ouma
Kenya
Civic Leadership

As a volunteer at Family Health Options in Kenya, I am responsible for encouraging adolescents to seek reproductive health services. I use poetry and spoken word to educate adolescents and sensitize communities on health issues. I am a Public Health Graduate from Kenyatta University.

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Khalila (Kellz) Mbowe
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I believe that is my purpose in life is to positively impact nations socially, economically and spiritually through the performing arts. I have a vision that one day, Africa’s youth will be at the forefront of the advancement of the continent.

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Letibeb Zelleke
Ethiopia
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a civil engineer by training and a film maker by passion. While working at Afro-European Engineers, I was part of the team whose work led to a successful partnership with a renowned Swiss-based engineering firm. We developed an experience-sharing platform to enable more efficient and collaborative engineering problem-solving.

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Lone Felix
Kenya
Public Management

I am currently pursuing a a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy & Administration. I am the founder of Mark Appeal Communications, through which I have established Village-Hubs. Village-Hubs is a revolutionary social enterprise model that seeks to create innovation hubs in 47 counties within Kenya.

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Lucy Nyambura
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a youth leader and a volunteer with the ‘Yes Youth Can’ project in North Rift Region. I also serve as a Director and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Trans Nzoia Youth SACCO, which has over 500 members and an equity of over Kshs.14 million. In addition, I am an owner of Luctech Solutions, an information technology firm.

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Margareth Maganga
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I am a lawyer and the author of A 'Journey through Darkness' an autobiography narrating my traumatic experience of suddenly going blind at the age of 19 years. Because of my experience, I am also the founder of Margareth Maganga Hope for the Blind, a trust I established to help visually-impaired and partially-sighted children access education and enhance their self-reliance.

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Mefthe Tilahun
Ethiopia
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a Project Management Professional candidate at Project Management Institute and a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. I began my career by working as a marketing clerk for Ethiopian Airlines, followed by various roles in both public and private sectors.

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Meklit Berhane Kidane
Ethiopia
Public Management

As a medical director working in a government hospital, my duties include ensuring all patients receive quality medical services. I am committed to providing proper and timely medical support to communities in my country.

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Moses Mwenda
Kenya
Public Management

I am a special advisor to the Pan African Youth Union and Founder of the Young Diplomats of Kenya, an association of aspiring diplomats. This platform recognizes, mentors, and empowers the next generation of diplomats. The Pan African Youth Union has successfully been adopted by the Kenyan government under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Mustafa Sharif
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I am the founder of the Institute for Youth SocioEconomic Development, an organization that aims to empower youth to cope with socioeconomic challenges. The Institute provides youth with skills-based training, mentorship, and exposure to employment opportunities.

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Nassozi Phiona
Uganda
Public Management

I am a youth trainer and volunteer with Forum for Women in Democracy in Uganda, a feminist civil society organization. I am passionate about empowering and encouraging youth and women to take on leadership roles.

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Njeri Njau
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

With my Master’s degree in Agriculture, I intend to develop my career to ensure that all Kenyans have sufficient food. My goal is to improve food security not only in Kenya, but also in Sub-Saharan Africa. I strongly believe that once this food security is achieved, citizens of all countries can contribute to growing the African economy.

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Nyawira Njenga
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I work as an environmental conservationist, trying to raise awareness about wildlife conservation with visitors to the Nairobi National Park. Separately, I mentor and tutor secondary school students between ages 14 and 18 years in order to help them with certain subjects they find difficult or challenging.

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Rachel Alek Aguer
South Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am a journalist and a holder of Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations. With this background, I founded and serve as the managing director of Real Woman, a national magazine that covers women's issues across the whole of South Sudan. The magazine is available to South Sudanese living in the diaspora.

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Rayan Nimir
Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am a software developer and a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. I developed a software for Sudan's first online directory of schools. I volunteer with a social enterprise which works to create the largest pool of social change leaders in Sudan, and even in Africa.

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Ronald Hakiza
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am co-founder of Swiss Link International Limited, a start-up changing the dynamic face of the transport sector. By offering e-ticketing services, plus an engagement of eco-tourism, I harness the values of entrepreneurship to improve Africa’s development.

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Ronnie Nsaffou Mbatchi
Republic of Congo
Public Management

I am the founder of White House English club, a forum for people to improve their English communication skills. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in English, and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications. I am also engaged in giving back to my community, including working to empower women and orphans.

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Seleman Yusuph Kitenge
Tanzania
Public Management

I am co-founder and director of Media and Communications for the African Network of Youth Policy Experts, building on my volunteer experience as a communications intern with the United Nations Resident Coordinator`s Office in Tanzania. I am a holder of a Diploma in Public Sector Financial Management and a final year sociology student at the Open University of Tanzania.

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Shushan Gilazghi Weldu
Eritrea
Business & Entrepreneurship

While I am an auditor, I am passionate about creating awareness on the dangers of illegal migration among youth. I am a graduate of Halhale College of Business and Economics.

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Teko Poriot
Kenya
Public Management

Using my training as a doctor, I was instrumental in the establishment of Olenguruone Hospital theatre, an intervention that more than tripled the number of deliveries recorded at the hospital greatly reducing maternal and child mortality and morbidity. Additionally, I’m a member of the board of directors of Bethel Faith Home and Training Centre, which cares for over 70 orphaned and vulnerable children.

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Tesfaye Ayalew Mekonen
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am a lecturer of law at Debre Berhan University. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Addis Ababa University and am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Law at the University of Mysore in India.

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Vanessa Ombura
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am a Kenyan Spoken Word Poet as well as the Internal Structure Lead of Jamlab. Jamlab is a co-creation community for secondary school students and graduates in Africa. The community is dedicated to helping young people to imagine and to create new things that make the impact they envision for their world.

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Vestine Gahimbare
Burundi
Civic Leadership

I work as a senior bank officer in finance, and would like to start a consulting firm in the near future. I am involved in organizing motivational talks and one-on-one sessions geared at grooming and mentoring young people in my community. I am a firm supporter of entrepreneurship as a way to for those who cannot depend on a pay check to make ends meet.

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Yannick Henri Jackson Malessandji
Central African Republic
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the chief executive officer of a consulting firm for architects. I am an architect and town Planner by training, having graduated from the African School of Crafts Architecture and Urbanism of Lomé in Togo. I am also a part-time lecturer at the University of Bangui, where I teach architectural and computer science courses.

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Yusuph Masanja
Tanzania
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a visual storyteller specializing in documentary films, graphic design, and animations. My goal is to apply my creative arts skills to transform the way civil society organizations communicate.

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Zipporah Jean Alaroker
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am a community leader who is passionate about youth leadership, and inspiring and raising a critical mass of young leaders who are able to make informed decisions. I give motivation talks to high school students and youth who are keen to improve their leadership skills.

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Abdifatah Aden Tallan
Somalia
Public Management

I am a lecturer at Amoud University in Somaliland, part of northern Somalia. I am also a consultant who mainly provides services to public institutions and local non-governmental organizations.

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Abdullatif Osman
Somalia
Civic Leadership

I am the Executive Director of a CBO that focuses on civic education and civic engagement. Over and above empowering local communities about their civic responsibility and rights, I lobby the Somali government to formulate and adopt policies that effectively represent its citizens.

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Addis Abera Ayalew
Ethiopia
Public Management

I currently work as a program officer for a rural financial services program at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency. I am an economist by training and hope to develop my career within the agricultural and food security sector.

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Ahmed Mohamud Elmi
Ethiopia
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the founder of PACT, an organization that helps youth tackle challenges such as unemployment, migration and extremism. I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School in the United Kingdom and I am already a holder of a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy.

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Akayezu Aime Angelique Noela
Rwanda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I earned my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Rwanda. I currently work to support youth entrepreneurs as they build their business initiatives.

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Aldarich Luboya Freemann
Democratic Republic of Congo
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a banker by profession and holder of a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. I am committed to the development of my country, especially in the area of engaging youth.

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Alida Kirezi
Burundi
Public Management

I am a clinical psychologist by profession. I am personally passionate about youth leadership and entrepreneurship. My mission is to empower and mentor both girls and women, particularly those living in the rural areas.

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Allen Atuhaire
Uganda
Public Management

I am an accountant at the Institute of Banking and Investment Services Africa. I am in the process of setting up a foundation that aims to improve women’s access to affordable financial services. My long term goal is to play a role in providing financial support to people in the agricultural sector.

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Alphonce Shiundu
Kenya
Public Management

I am a journalist and currently work as a Parliamentary Editor for the Standard Media Group. I have been reporting politics, public policy and development consistently for the past eight years. My personal philosophy is to change the world one story at a time, and to use storytelling to impact policies, laws and lives.

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Ambrose Njeru
Kenya
Public Management

I currently work as a research associate and am a forensics and mobile computing expert. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and I am also pursuing a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. In my free time, I work with youth in my community to enhance their entrepreneurial skills.

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Ashraf Elmahadi
Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am an engineer by profession and also work as a freelance financial analyst focusing on feasibility studies. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Khartoum, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the same university. I am a certified project management professional, accredited by the American Project Management Institute.

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Azza Nadir
Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am a human resources officer and currently work with Catholic Relief Services Sudan. I am passionate about capacity building, change development, poverty reduction and humanitarian work.

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Caroline Chege
Kenya
Public Management

I am founder of Sozo Kenya Initiative, a non-governmental organization that provides social and economic empowerment to youth, women and persons with disability through education and mentorship. In 2013, I vied in the general election as a Member of the County Assembly. I was the only female and emerged in second place. I have a hunger to see sustainable initiatives and reliable infrastructure developed in my county of Kajiado. I am a social activist and a proud mum.

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Catherine Miano
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Law. I am founder of Pitch a Dream, an organization that fosters the appreciation of education. The organization cultivates a culture of reading by donating books and providing mentorship to schools in rural areas.

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Catherine Nyambura
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I work at Dandelion Kenya in Nakuru, enabling girls’ access to sexual, reproductive health, and rights information and services. I have engaged with various global policy processes and I am a young leader at Women Deliver. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and Technology.

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Ciza Bonne
Burundi
Public Management

I am a clinical officer and work as a manager at a health center. I am currently studying public health through the Distant Production House University. I have more than 10 years’ experience in clinical and health care provision. Professionally, I serve as the Country Coordinator of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning.

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Eden Taye Tefera
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am a development practitioner who utilizes a human rights-based approach to development. Previously, I volunteered with the UN Mission in Liberia, where I supported the country's post-conflict recovery effort in promoting rule of law. I also worked with the Government of Ethiopia in establishing a regional peace support center.

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Elizabeth Kitange
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I am the Assistant Director of Africa in The Hague International Model United Nations, an organization in which youth connect and are empowered to become future leaders. I am also a student at the African Leadership University.

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Emmanuel Odama
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a program leader at the Natural Resource Management and Research Program and a holder of a Master’s Degree in Soil Science. I have undertaken crop-related training in Japan and Philippines, an experience which has greatly influenced my contribution to crop research.

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Fahad Ntale
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am co-founder of Impact Woods Ltd, a wood solutions company. I am a holder of a Bachelor's Degree in Medicine and Surgery. Using my education, I volunteer as a creative director in Young Health Advocates Initiative, a cancer awareness and screening non-governmental organization.

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Faith Namalwa
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am passionate about women’s empowerment and educating the girl child. I was selected as a 2014 MILEAD fellow and was named among Africa’s emerging women leaders because I founded SCEED Uganda, an organization to inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators in rural areas. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics.

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Felix Abuga Atosi
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I currently work for the Kenya Future Leaders Program, a volunteer program launched by the Office of the President and Ministry of Education. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Strategic Management.

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Fortunatus Gideon Ekklesiah
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I am a motivational speaker, life coach, poet and entrepreneur. I am also the founder of Tonics Foundation, a philanthropic organization that aims to empower people as an approach to achieve a better world. I recently graduated from high school, and I am currently taking a gap year to discover life and establish my dream projects.

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Gelila Biresaw Sime
Ethiopia
Public Management

I am currently a lecturer at Arba Minch University, and have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory, along with a Master of Science degree in Hematology and Immunohematology. However, I’m passionate about empowering women, especially as related to female genital mutilation, rape, and forced early marriages.

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Geoffrey Omondi
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am founder of Begin Life Safely, a pilot project with the mission to reduce infections during childbirth. I also work as a water, sanitation and hygiene consultant, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Population Health.

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Gerard Ntiranyuhura
Burundi
Civic Leadership

I am a holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree and currently work as an education program director for a non-profit organization. I advocate for the rights of children to access education, and I have been engaging in awareness campaigns to encourage parents to send all their children to school, including their daughters.

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Gloria Shimuli Anyika
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resource Management. With my education, I am dedicated to working with local communities to implement projects and initiatives that properly utilize natural resources and protect the environment.

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Heidi Oronda Mumia
Kenya
Public Management

I am the county trade development officer at the County Government of Kwale, where I head the division of trade, and enterprise development. As a trade expert, I design and implement programs, and develop policies that promote trade and enable micro and small enterprises to thrive. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in finance.

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Hellena Nambogwe
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am an assistant coordinator at Uganda Poverty and Conservation Learning group. My role is to promote dialogue and foster learning about the links between biodiversity conservation and poverty. I have earned a Master’s degree in Education for Sustainability.

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Hibo Mohamed Yare
Kenya
Public Management

I am an intern responsible for data entry at Education Development Centre and am currently pursuing a Diploma in Business Management at Gretsa University. I am an ambitious, hardworking, result-oriented and self-motivated individual.

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Idrissa Juma Mghua
Tanzania
Public Management

I am currently a student pursuing a Bachelor of Law degree. I am a member of Youth of United Nations Association—St. Augustine Chapter where I serve as the Treasurer. I am also a member of AIESEC, an international youth-led organization that develops young people’s leadership potentialities.

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Iongwa Mashangao
Democratic Republic of Congo
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a social entrepreneur with a passion for educating and inspiring Congolese youth to become successful and financially-liberated entrepreneurs. I am driven by a strong desire and intrinsic motivation to contribute to the post-conflict reconstruction, prosperity, sustainable peace and development of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Jean Marc Mercy
Democratic Republic of Congo
Civic Leadership

I am a human resources professional, researcher, youth advocate, and social entrepreneur. I currently work as the executive director of BRIDGE, a non-profit that empowers youth and promotes education, professional development, volunteerism, and social entrepreneurship as pathways to decent work.

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Julie Munyi Ogwapit
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the operations manager at United E.A. Warehouses Limited, a regional integrated logistics organization based in Mombasa, Kenya. In my free time I also run Sunshine Babies Mombasa, an online community that pools localized parenting resources and tips for mothers.

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Kajibwami Awa Hostie Blanche
Democratic Republic of Congo
Civic Leadership

Currently, I work for an association in Bukavu. I am also a member of an association known as Ebukana, which cares for children accused of witchcraft.

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Kenneth E. Mukundi Wamai
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am an accountant by profession and currently work at Old Mutual. But I am also the founder of a socially-conscious enterprise, Zeus Impact, which I started to connect entities with social impact engagements. I personally believe in being a part of the change that I want to see.

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Khalid Said Ngassa
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I am a communications and development specialist. As a member of Tanzania Youth Forum in Agribusiness, I work with other members to champion the establishment of private-public dialogue at the district level. I have earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology.

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Leonel Kpekere Bakiko
Central African Republic
Public Management

I am an information technology systems engineer and procurement officer at Cape 3 Services, an oil and gas company in Central African Republic. While I have a diploma in Information Technology, I’m currently pursuing an online Associate Degree in Business Administration as I’m an aspiring entrepreneur.

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Lucy Funja
Tanzania
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Economics. My strengths are my commitment and decisive nature. I also believe in giving back to my community, since it creates happiness.

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Lucy Wairimu Mwakaba
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am a trainer at the Lead Child Foundation, a non-governmental organization. I am passionate about education and look forward to helping to change Kenya’s current curriculum; I would like to see an emphasis to encourage creativity in our children rather than to focus purely on academics.

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Lupai Moses Cisono
South Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am founder of Advocacy for Democracy, which seeks to create awareness about democracy and governance in South Sudan. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Diploma in Banking and Finance.

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Margaret Chang
South Sudan
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a freelance journalist and a filmmaker by profession. My ambition is to be a social entrepreneur, and empower youth in my community to come up with social enterprise initiatives that alleviate the high levels of unemployment in my country.

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Mary Oyoo
Kenya
Public Management

I am a student at the University of Nairobi. I am humble and cheerful and I love to have a good laugh. I believe that every day there is a challenge that needs me to tackle it, therefore I always ensure that I am at the right place at the right time. My hobbies are cooking, travelling and nature walks.

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Mehret Equbay Berehe
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am a law student at Addis Ababa University and am a member of the Yellow Movement, through which we carry out advocacy activities around the university. The Movement seeks to draw students’ attention to prejudices in our culture, and how they affect women’s roles in the community, education, career choices, and how they perceive themselves.

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Moses Obbi
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Because I am passionate about leadership and entrepreneurship, I mentor young people to ensure they have a purpose in life. I also work with young people in my community to help them start income-generating activities.

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Mugume Francis
Rwanda
Public Management

I recently graduated from high school, and now work with Engen Rwanda Limited. I am an orphan and the sole survivor in my family. I lost my parents during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Because of my history, I am one of the founders of Youth Impact Mission Rwanda, and currently act as the organization’s spokesperson. I am also a member of ‘Never Again Genocide Association’.

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Munzengu Pululu Dolain
Democratic Republic of Congo
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the founder of CREDITECH DRC, and the Senior Information Technology Manager of the Economic Policy Management Program at University of Kinshasa. CREDITECH DRC is a social enterprise that works to connect poor Congolese, particularly those working in the education sector, with access to ICT through the provision of equipment and loans.

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Njari Jean
Burundi
Civic Leadership

I am an activist and my passion is to promote human rights and youth employment. I work as a Program Manager at Young Women’s Knowledge and Leadership Institute Burundi. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Philosophy.

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Osero Shadrack Tengeya
Kenya
Public Management

I am a final year university student majoring in Environmental Science. In 2014, I won the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Climate CoLab Popular Choice Award in the waste management contest. MIT Climate Colab Project is an online platform that harnesses new ideas from the global community about how to combat, and adapt to, climate change-related problems.

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Pascal Mulindwa Bukuru
Democratic Republic of Congo
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a projects and social innovation professional, along with being a maternal health advocate. I serve as Executive Director of Jenga Miradi Hub, an early stage business incubator helping Congolese youth to find employment. I also am a co-founder of SOS Maternal Health and Amani Institute.

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Phantus Wambiya Odero
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am a Program Officer of the Climate Change Adaptation Program. I am a dynamic advocate championing the rights of communities to participate in environmental conservation and decision-making processes regarding natural resources.

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Priscilla Natukunda
Rwanda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a Strategic Development Officer currently working for Aegis Trust, an international NGO that aims to fight crimes against humanity. I am inspired to give back to my community, especially by sharing the knowledge of what I have learned in order to create opportunities for young people.

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Queen Lawrence Makalele
South Sudan
Public Management

As a radio presenter with Sudan Radio Service and a correspondent for Voice of America, I’m committed to telling the stories of my country. I am also a student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy.

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Richard Kagimu Musoke
Uganda
Public Management

I am a doctor and currently work for Agape Medical Centers, a chain of community health Centers. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery and a Master’s of Science degree in Global Health Systems. I have organized and led more than 10 medical and surgical outreach camps for underprivileged communities in Uganda.

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Rose Kamakune
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a natural leader and passionate about mobilizing people to achieve specific goals. I am not afraid of challenges, and enjoy pushing my limits to go beyond the impossible in order to find out what is possible. When I am not working as a veterinary doctor, I enjoy listening to music, stories, making friends and generally being around happy people.

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Shallon Moreen Atuhaire
Uganda
Public Management

I currently work at the Parliament of Uganda as an editor of the Hansard, which documents the proceedings of Parliament. I studied literature and am currently studying Business Leadership at the University of South Africa. My passion lies in empowering and supporting leaders to shine at home in their private life just as they aspire to shine in the public domain.

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Sheila Wambui Kirongothi
Kenya
Civic Leadership

Presently, I’m in my final year at Kenyatta University studying medicine and surgery. I love the arts, music, theatre and poetry and in my free time I am an actress and a poet. My desire to help and serve others are the reasons I founded an organization known as AZMAO Kenya, through which I can make change in my own small way.

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Simon Eroku
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am an Information Officer currently working with the National Association for the Deaf in Uganda. Despite growing up with a hearing impairment, my passion for innovation and creativity was not deterred. I also work to support children and youth, especially those living with disabilities, in Uganda.

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Stanley Gitau
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am an entrepreneur and currently work at Mazuri Kenya, a company I founded in 2015. Mazuri Kenya provides a reliable and affordable marketplace that links producers in local markets with customers. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Gender and Development and am also a certified public accountant.

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Tatu Said Mbamba
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I am a teacher by profession and also volunteer as a mentor to vulnerable girls through Pride of Being a Girl program. I am passionate about helping girls to achieve their dreams.

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Theoneste Mbarushimana
Rwanda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I currently work as an office administrator. I am a holder of a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from Kigali Independent University. I am also a part of the Rwanda Youth Organization for Sustainable Development, where I am in charge of Economic Development.

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Valerie Awino Opiyo
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am an office and social media administrator at UCMAS Kenya. At the moment the focus of my work is to highlight the plight of persons with visual impairment, highlighting their successes and potential. My personal mantra is to follow what I am passionate about, and if one has not found it, to keep looking and not to settle.

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Wigdan Seed Ahmed
Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am a Media Officer at Sudanese Knowledge Society. However, I am also a chemical engineer, filmmaker, writer, occasional standup comedian and a civil rights activist who is passionate about development.

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William Victory Iwandza
Republic of Congo
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a general manager of SEBOMAI Enterprises and founder of the youth association "Jeunesse Active pour le Royaume”. I am passionate about finding new ways of doing things because everything around us is changing, therefore forcing us to keep improving.

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Yousuf Harir Dirie
Somalia
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am founder of YAZA Research Services, a research and consulting firm that provides consultancy and research skills training to organizations and individuals. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hargeisa, and have earned a Diploma in Information Technology.

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Aaron Hardman Wanayama
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Leadership to help me implement my ideas geared towards the improvement of education utilizing entrepreneurial and technological approaches. These approaches will not only be of benefit to youth and innovative individuals, but also beneficial to the economy of Kenya.

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Abdirisak Aden Ahmed
Somalia
Business & Entrepreneurship

I have a soft spot for working with youth and women, and as such am currently working with the Norwegian Refugee Council as a Humanitarian Aid worker in Mogadishu, Somalia. I am one of the founders of Youth Umbrella, a community-based organization that works to promote peaceful co-existence of youth.

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Abdiwasa Idiris Jelle
Somalia
Civic Leadership

I am the founder of the Somali Civic Youth Organization, which deals with illegal immigration and unemployment of youth in Somalia. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

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Ahmed Ibrahim Burale
Somalia
Civic Leadership

I am currently working at Open Learning Exchange in Dadaab, Kenya. I am committed to removing barriers to education by coordinating open and free access to meaningful learning opportunities. Open Learning Exchange has built community learning centers that make it possible for more than 440,000 refugees to access educational resources that help them to find and create meaning in their lives amidst hardship, deprivation and conflict.

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Ahmed Mohamed Musa
Somalia
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am currently working as the Head of Research and Data Analysis at the Somali Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention. Prior to this position I worked with ActionAid International Somaliland and Somaliland National Electoral Commission. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management, and a Master’s Degree of Arts in Public Administration and Management.

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Amnah Feisal-Amin Ibuni
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I am a social entrepreneur, activist, and a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow. I am one of the founders of Sure Steps Nursery School, a community-based nursery school that invests in local women by providing them with first aid skills, a basic education, along with child nutrition information.

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Amos Odong
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am a civil engineer and co-founder of the East African Community Youth Union, a youth-led NGO. The organization’s core mandate is to promote continuous dialogue and structured engagement between youth within East Africa. I am passionate about entrepreneurship because I believe it is the only source of real and lasting wealth.

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Amy Ochiel Ochieng
Kenya
Public Management

I am an orphan; my mother passed on when I was three years old and my father passed on when I was 14 years old. I have been through some challenges that instilled in me a passion to help needy children, especially orphans and vulnerable children. I am the founder of Wings of Hope Foundation, which offers mentorship to disadvantaged children.

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Anita Balikobaku
Uganda
Public Management

I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration, and currently work as a social worker. I have worked in war-affected areas in Northern-Uganda, where social and health services are difficult to access. Through improved civic leadership skills, I aspire to rise from local community service to serving as a regional practitioner.

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Bob Brhayan Okoth
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the founder of Eco-Link, a social enterprise that is trying to alleviate poverty and social erosion in the Nyanza region of Kenya at Katuk-Odeyo. So far, Eco-Link has planted one million trees with a survival rate of 70%, and we have mentored and recruited more than 200 youths to join our cause.

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Carol Mungo
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am currently working as the Communications Coordinator for Young Volunteers for the Environment Kenya. I live by Wangari Maathai’s words, "It is the little thing that citizens do, that will make a difference." My 'little thing' is planting trees.

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Deng Malek Agei
South Sudan
Public Management

I am a 2nd year student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics at Moi University in Nairobi, Kenya. I am the Chairman of Warrap State Youth Union and Women Development Association, which brings together South Sudanese who are based in Kenya. I am a living testimony of the possibilities that can be achieved if society invests in strategic sectors, such as education and health.

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Elias Alamirew Merso
Ethiopia
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am currently working at the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange as an Associate of Risk & Mitigation. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. I aspire to contribute towards eradicating poverty, fighting corruption, and pushing for gender equality in my country.

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Emerimana Daniel Christian
Burundi
Civic Leadership

For the last six years, I have been living at Kakuma Refugee camp, where I founded Kakuma Learning Center. This platform provides youth living in the refugee camp access to free online courses. I have a Diploma in Liberal Studies from Regis University and a post-graduate certificate in Social Innovation Management from Amani Institute. I also had the opportunity to work as a Communications intern for the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa. I am committed to helping others realize their life’s purpose.

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Godelive Sakina Kininga
Democratic Republic of Congo
Civic Leadership

I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development with a focus on health. I am in the process of setting up a community health project, which will focus on enhancing awareness of HIV/AIDs. I will also set up voluntary counselling centers in Lubumbashi.

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Grace Wangari Kimani
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am currently working as a telecommunication engineer. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I aspire to equip young graduates with skills to groom them so they are able to run successful businesses.

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Happygod Godson Macha
Tanzania
Public Management

I currently work as an English teacher and endeavor to change the negative attitude towards the profession that is held by the majority of my community. I hope to do this by incorporating leadership skills in the teaching profession. I want to use my role as a teacher to help my students gain confidence and to improve their skills so that they can compete on an international platform.

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Jackline Alwedo
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am currently working as the Communications Officer at Digital Opportunity Trust Uganda, an NGO that trains youth in information, technology, communications skills, and entrepreneurship. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.

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James Odede
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the founder of LakeHub, a technology and innovation hub. I am a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. LakeHub offers an important step forward in developing the African technology sector for more than just (mega) urban centers. One such initiative is Village Code, which introduces computer programming to young children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Jjooga Ivan
Uganda
Public Management

I am currently working as a veterinary service provider, offering training and advising farmers on modern agricultural technologies along with environment and natural resource management. I also provide consultative support about gender and other cross-cutting issues like HIV-AIDS. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Health and Management and a Diploma in Animal Production and Management.

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Joan Kanja
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am a co-founder of Fly Sister Fly foundation, based in the Samburu community to raise awareness about the dangers of female genital mutilation and early marriage. Through the foundation, more Samburu girls progress to high school because of our work sourcing sponsors and encouraging mentorship. I am also currently pursuing a degree in medicine and surgery.

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Kahindo Lukwangi Regine
Democratic Republic of Congo
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a nurse, currently working for Maximum Group and Global Access Health Network in Kinshasa. I am committed to the empowerment of women and girls, particularly those living in rural areas. I also seek to encourage and empower youth to develop a culture of integrity in the work that they do. I am also working to ensure that medical insurance is available to all in my country.

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Kalonji Bilolo Tresor Dieudonne
Democratic Republic of Congo
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am an entrepreneur, currently managing a video game studio in Kinshasa. After getting my high school diploma, I became an entrepreneur in developing video games against my parents’ will. Despite the fact that my country does not have an institution where I can acquire the technical skills, I aspire to become a video game developer by learning the techniques and skills on my own.

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Kanjejo Dongo Magdalyne
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am currently working as a direct manager at Mabawa Mathare, a community-based organization that I co-founded. The project seeks to create a path and opportunity for the young people in Mathare slum to continue their studies, follow their dreams, and when in the position, to be able to come back and help their community. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media studies.

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Kauma Doreen Sandra
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am currently working as the head of the gender and vulnerable groups department at the Uganda National Association of the Deaf, which works towards achieving dignity for every deaf person in Uganda. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Administrative and Secretarial Science. I aspire to transform my community into a conducive environment where deaf people have equal access to education.

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Kawira Thambu
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the co-founder of NIA, Bow & Arrow Training, and Teach First Kenya. Each of these three organizations targets individuals at different points within the education continuum and supplements them with information of which their current education falls short. This supplementary education helps to ensure that youth are supported to succeed. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in my Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Development Studies.

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Marius Gnalis-Rafai
Central Africa Republic
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a co-founder of MediaLink, a printing and advertising agency. I am a holder of a Master’s degree in sociology, a post-graduate diploma in banking & finance and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Project Management.  I also teach project design, banking and finance at a business school and use this platform to provide mentorship to business executives.

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Mavoungou Flora
Republic of Congo
Business & Entrepreneurship

I serve as Organization and Development Counselor of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pointe-Noire. My role is to provide guidance to the General Director of the Chamber and to entrepreneurs about strategies that will lead to economic growth. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in International Development.

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Mohamed Abdi Hassan
Somalia
Public Management

I am currently working as a Community Development Coordinator with Refugee Education Trust in Dadaab refugee camp. I am a holder of two diplomas, one in Modern Management and Administration and another in Community Health. With the help of Dadaab community leaders, I initiated an Accelerated Learning Program, a secondary education opportunity for youth who drop out of school.

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Mohamed Omar Othowa
Somalia
Public Management

I am a holder of Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics. I am the football captain of Al–Mansoor Football Club. As a football captain, I use sports to empower youth to co-exist peacefully. I have also actively participated in the promotion of girl child education in refugee camps. I want to inspire youth to co-exist peacefully in order to combat spread of extremism.

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Muwonge Alex Stephine
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am currently working as the Intern Support Manager at Digital Opportunity Trust, Uganda. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile and Clothing Technology. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Business Administration in order to become a creative brand strategist who specializes in working with organizations as they establish themselves in a competitive market.

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Nanyonjo Rhonah
Uganda
Public Management

I am currently working as a child development volunteer supporting children who suffer from cancer at Bless a Child Foundation Kampala. The Foundation encourages the children to live normal lives by providing education skills. I am a holder of a Master's degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies.

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Nicodemus Ajak Bior
South Sudan
Public Management

I am currently working as the Commissioner of Information Commission of South Sudan. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication. When I was a student in Kenya, I co-founded the South Sudanese Student's Association in Kenya. I am also collaborating with other former child soldiers to start a school dedicated to educate young vulnerable children.

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Nura Mohammed
Somalia
Public Management

I am currently working as the Program Coordinator for a governance program in Somalia funded by USAID. This project is designed to support the development of more effective and accountable Somali government institutions through capacity-building. I am a holder of a degree in Business Administration. I am currently pursuing a Master's in International Relations and Diplomacy.

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Olga Gesare Mogaka
Kenya
Public Management

I am currently working at Milimani High Court Nairobi as a Data Entry and Analyst Clerk. I was part of a team that created an innovative online file tracking system for the judiciary. This system helps digitize data of all the case matters filed, which enables individuals to track the status of their case matters online. I am a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Information Technology.

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Phionah Kanyorobe
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the co-founder of Dophinside Restaurant. I also work as a field supervisor with USAID's Early Grade Reading Assessment program in Uganda. I am a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Development Studies. My dream is to open up several other social enterprises and to continue being part of the change process in Africa.

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Ramy Yassen Zakria
Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am currently working as a programmer and projects design and management professional. In partnership with the Ministry of Youth & Sports, I am leading an advocacy initiative campaigning for the development of a national youth policy which addresses youth- related issues including: education, health, unemployment and entrepreneurship.

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Samson Mwanze Matumo
Democratic Republic of Congo
Civic Leadership

I am a community activist working with youth throughout DRC. Growing up, I have seen war and the destruction of my country in Eastern Congo. My family and friends have been directly impacted by war, and my family and I even spent time living in a refugee camp. My interest is to work to prevent conflict and to promote peace and stability in the DRC by engaging youth.

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Sarah Ndegwa
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the founder of UzaziCare, a maternal and child health initiative which provides holistic antenatal and postnatal care classes to women living in urban slums. In the long run, I envision UzaziCare as a one-stop resource center providing comprehensive reproductive health information to youth, along with childcare classes to disadvantaged. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health and Psychology.

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Stella Ngugi Kirigia
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a Human Resources Assistant at African Wildlife Foundation. I am also the founder of Smart Society Kenya, an education initiative to empower citizens in Kenya. Our first project is a web application that will provide civic education to voters on all election matters. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management and a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management.

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Stephene Otieno Obare
Kenya
Public Management

I am currently a fourth year student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science. I am proof that one can overcome poverty as a barrier to achieve success in education. Because of my success, I mentor youth on campus and I look forward to do more community outreach activities. It is my aspiration to be an established forensic expert, a transformational leader, and a mentor.

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Tabitha Magese Sindani
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a marketer by profession, currently working as a Sales Advisor at Madison Asset Investment Company in Nairobi. I aspire to put up a free and accessible innovation hub and residency program that helps disadvantaged youth hone their entrepreneurial and artistic talents.

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Teresa Onyango
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am currently working with my peers to promote volunteer clubs in high schools in marginalized communities. This project is designed to enable youth to embrace the spirit of volunteerism, stand up for themselves, and make informed decisions about their career choices. I am a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Conservation Biology.

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Winnie Mukami
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am a founder member of Vitabu Kwa Vijana society, which aims to ensure each child has equal access to education. So far, the organization has reached 1,000 children between the ages of 7-14 through the donation of books and other reading materials. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations.

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Witness Kihega
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I currently work for a project that aims to provide technological solutions to visually-impaired students. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and Information Technology. I use my extra time to mentor young girls and boys in my former secondary school.

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Wondwossen Hagos Gebreegzi
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am a consultant, researcher and a lecturer, and I currently work at Vision Ethiopian Congress for Democracy. I am a holder of two Master’s degrees, one in Federal Studies and another in International Management. My work experience has been within the academic field where I have held several positions in the university, including lecturer, registrar, and vice dean for academics.

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Yonas Getaye Tefera
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am currently working as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Gondar. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree. I am working to ensure appropriate use of medication among the community through education and developing materials translated to Amharic.

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Yusuph Samwel Imori
Tanzania
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the owner of a hospitality establishment which gives visitors information about tourist attractions in the Mara region, and offers direct and indirect employment to local communities. I am passionate about tourism, especially cultural tourism because the benefits are so tangible. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Tourism.

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Yvette Ishimwe
Rwanda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the founder of Rwanda Water Delivery Limited, a company that delivers water to households in the eastern province of Rwanda, a desert-like area. I founded this company to help children who were always late and sometimes had to drop out of school because of the time they spent collecting water. I am a first year university student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Communication.

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Zainab Sheikh Mohamed
Somalia
Civic Leadership

I am a dental surgeon and co-founder of the Institute of Cultural and Social Studies in Hargesia. The aim of the organization is to promote and strengthen the social and cultural interaction of communities through dialogue and education. As part of my work, I have launched a campaign to rebuild and renovate an abandoned national historic building, and the establishment of the first national museum.

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Abel Kahabi
Tanzania
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a consultant and founder of AFYA Microfinance Bank, (a DFID-funded project) – based in Dar es Salaam. This is a one-of-its-kind microfinance bank because it lends to only to the private health sector. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking, a postgraduate diploma in Tax, and a Master’s degree in Finance.

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Acayo Nancy Cirino
South Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am a journalist at Equator Broadcasting Corporation in South Sudan, and am also one of the founders of Play for Peace, an initiative that seeks to create a peaceful world through theatre and plays. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Leisure and Hospitality Management.

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Agnes Kemigisa
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a marketer and currently run a tours and travel company, Trails Africa. Also, I am a founding member of the Tooro Tourism Initiative, which aims to ensure sustainable tourism development and promotion in the Tooro sub-region of Uganda. Through this initiative we aim to empower young women between ages 18 and 29.

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Ahmed Ibrahim Burale
Somalia
Civic Leadership

I am a technology expert and currently work at Open Learning Exchange in Dadaab, Kenya. I have extensive experience in the field of social sciences and development services. I consider myself a proactive person with a positive attitude, and I take great pride in seeing the results from my work.

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Arnold Habyalimana Joseph
Arnold Habyalimana Joseph
Civic Leadership

I currently work as the Managing Director of TOEFL Learning Center, a non-profit organization which offers English language training. I am passionate about the education system in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Right now I’m advocating for schools in my country to adopt English as the main language of communication.

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Asiimwe Francis Xavier
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am an agricultural researcher, currently serving as the CEO of Epicob Agriculture, an organization which caters for the production needs of enterprise and consumer clients. I am also a country representative at Thought for Food, a global community of young people who are focused on innovating against hunger.

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Beatrice Obonyo
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a trainee counselor and regional manager at Kenya Institute of Security and Criminal Justice. My mission is to psychologically, economically, physically, emotionally, and cognitively empower youth and women in my society. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in communication and media and I’ve also earned a higher diploma in counselling.

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Benjamin Opondo
Kenya
Public Management

I am the Chief Executive Officer of the Paradise chain of businesses, a theologian and an English teacher at Gitega International Academy in Burundi. I am devoted to helping drug addicts and survivors of social crimes such as rape and teenage pregnancies by engaging them in volunteer work.

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Besfat Wodajo Birhane
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am an E-Health Advisor and currently work with Marie Stopes International-Ethiopia. I aspire to be an ethical leader, with a passion for developing systems that support public governance, transparency, and accountability. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in information systems, and a Master’s degree in health informatics.

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Cyril Lazima
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the Operations Director at Genpro East Africa Limited, an independent power-producing company based in Nairobi and Bungoma. One of my greatest accomplishments has been the construction of a small hydroelectric plant in Mount Elgon, a remote part of Kenya, which will have a significant impact on the community.

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Daniel Apuk Deng
Kenya
Public Management

I am a youth development worker at the UN mission in South Sudan. I am passionate about working with youth and empowering them so that they are able to effectively compete with others across the continent. My passion led me to my greatest achievement to date, which was founding the Lake State Youth Union, a resource center for youth activities.

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Delphine Uwase
Rwanda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am an associate in Business Development at Parker Randall Eastern Africa in Karen, Kenya. I am passionate about women empowerment, and helping women to own their own businesses.

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Eba Lemessa Goshu
Ethiopia
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a Computer Science student at African Leadership University. I am passionate about technology because I would like to use it to simplify people’s lives across the continent, especially the less fortunate. For this reason, I aspire to be a philanthropist and an entrepreneur.

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Ebby Gatamu
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a marketing professional and co-founder of Brandkite, an agency that focuses on developing marketing solutions for micro and small enterprises in Kenya. Our flagship product is Ride Bodaboda, a mobile app designed to link motorcycle riders with customers.

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Elkhansa Ahmed Mohamed Ali
Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am a medical student at the University of Khartoum. Outside of my studies, I am co-founder of Patients Support Organization, which provides access to health care services for all patients, regardless of their economic status. My goal is to design an effective health system for my country, which will help all patients in Sudan access medical services.

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Emily Wanjala
Kenya
Public Management

I am a student at Dedan Kimathi University, studying Food, Science & Technology. I am the co-founder of Young Inspirational Leaders Group through which we give motivational talks to young school-going children and career advice to high school students. I also volunteer as a teaching assistant at Muringato Primary School, a public school in Nyeri.

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Fabiola Niwenshuti
Rwanda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a 4th year pharmaceutical student at the University of Rwanda-Huye campus. I’m also engaged as a health research intern at Shooting Touch, where I am involved in preparing and teaching health lessons to youth between the ages of 11 and 19 years.

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Faith Muange
Rwanda
Civic Leadership

I am a marketer at Caravan of Champions, a mentorship program for the deaf. I have enrolled in a course in Sign Language and Interpretation, with the goal of mentoring deaf youth in leadership, enterprise development, and life skills. My hope is that I can work with these youth in order to help improve their chance to compete in the job market.

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Faith Njore
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a project consultant at Carbon Africa in Nairobi. I am part of a team that has a goal to make renewable energy a reality in order to contribute to a better, greener environment. I am also a mentor with the Macheo Mentoring Program, an initiative by Strathmore University, through which, high school girls living in Kibera slums are provided with support to access education.

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Faiza Karim Zam
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I am proud to be the founder of Zanzibar Community Leadership Forum, a youth-led community leadership movement. Through my organization, youth engage in various volunteer activities. In addition, I am a dental therapist and I work with dental students and dentists to organize and facilitate community oral health programs in villages around Zanzibar.

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Fenet Bedaso
Ethiopia
Public Management

Although I am Ethiopian, I serve as a finance and administration officer at African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies, based in Uganda. I’m also the founder of Refugee Support project, which provides support and care to Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees residing in Uganda. I am passionate about youth skills development, empowerment, and promotion of human rights activities.

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Fitsum Bekele
Ethiopia
Public Management

I am a medical parasitology lecturer at Wolyta Sodo University, Ethiopia. I believe lack of education is the root cause of poverty, and because of this, I want to be a part of the process to solve social challenges in education and health.

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Frew Yirgalem Mane
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am a lecturer of development studies and political science at Bahir Dar University, in Ethiopia. Over and above my teaching responsibilities, I am the secretary of Bahir Dar University Teachers’ Association. I am interested in academic rights and access to university education.

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George Barasa
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am a human rights activist and consider myself to be a true example of what it is like to be gay in a society that is led by cultural beliefs and morals. Against all odds, I have made it where most of have failed. My mission is to ensure the respect of human rights for all.

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Gregory Ndiritu Waikwa
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am a Public Health Officer at Anglican Development Services in Mount Kenya. I volunteer for a correction campaign in Mukurwe-ini sub-county. The campaign targets former drug addicts in order to help them to embrace sobriety, integrate them back to society, and empower them to participate in active nation building.

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Heavencia Nyange
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I am a teacher at Alpha High School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and I also serve as a volunteer mentor with an organization that supports young people. I believe in mentorship because as a person coming from a dysfunctional family, I turned my life around with the help of mentors.

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Helen Abelle
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am a lawyer by profession and currently work as a lecturer at Hawassa University in Ethiopia. During my spare time, I volunteer at the Ethiopian Red Cross Society and the Ethiopian Human Rights Council. My personal passion is to protect the rights of children in contact with the law.

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Jane Mbevi
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am a Social Scientist at Centre for Social Planning and Administrative Development. I’m working to build the capacity of local communities, and especially like working with youth and women. My goal is to help these vulnerable groups to achieve social equity, and to reduce conflicts while improving livelihoods.

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Jean Ashers Wasonga
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a linguist and have such founded A’bora Agency, a language service company that mentors and supports young mothers through income-generating activities in Yala, Kenya. My mission is to create employment for young mothers in order to help them find a balance between work and family.

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Joan Pauline Kore
Kenya
Public Management

I am a Regional Human Resources Coordinator at the British Council in Nairobi. I applied to the YALI RLC East Africa program to acquire leadership and mentorship skills to positively impact people’s lives.

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Joel Ssimbwa
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a social entrepreneur and founder of Joelex Uganda Limited, a social enterprise working to improve people’s access to sanitation facilities. Currently, we are involved in a project that aims to reduce the ratio of people to toilets in Kampala, which is currently at 3000:1.

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Joy Birungi
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am an environmentalist with a strong desire to help communities in the rural areas. I enjoy working on projects that promote sustainable livelihoods and want to work with others who are ready to make a positive impact on their environment.

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Joy Nkundimana
Burundi
Public Management

I am an economist and am also founder and CEO of Leading Change, an initiative to help alleviate high levels of youth unemployment by encouraging entrepreneurship. The organization provides emerging young entrepreneurs with one-on-one assistance on how to start a business, develop a business plan, obtain the necessary documents, and access the market.

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Judy Nyamurwa Mbure
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am an Entrepreneur and run a wedding decor business. I am also the founder of Sisters for Change Mentorship Program, through which I work with young people and encourage them to participate in community projects and development. I am passionate about gender issues, mentorship and the power that lies with the African youth to solve the continent’s problems.

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Julius John Julius
Tanzania
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a procurement specialist, co-founder and managing director of Eliminex Tanzania Limited, a company dealing in horticulture production, supply of cleaning products, hygiene services, and professional pest control. Through my company, I hope to create employment for young people and improve the learning environment, especially for schools in the rural areas.

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Kraus Kanku Mulaya
Democratic Republic of Congo
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a social and education entrepreneur. I am the founder of a series of schools in my community, and my aim is to ensure vulnerable children have access to education. I am also the founder and CEO of two organizations, a social enterprise and a micro and small enterprise. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Library Science and an Associate degree in Communications, Information Sciences, and English language.

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Leila Wanjiru
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am a Project Manager and an Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) Advocate at I Choose Life-Africa in Kisii County, in Kenya. I lobby for the sexual reproductive health rights of young people from both the policy and programmatic angles. My goal is to ensure youth participation in development processes and forums.

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Lorna Ajowi Juma
Kenya
Public Management

I am a public administrator and intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. My dream is to create a platform where unemployed Kenyan youth can engage in various activities while they wait to join university or gain employment. My hope is that through the platform, I will help job seekers to become entrepreneurs.

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Louzolo-Kimbembe Rolly Junior
Democratic Republic of Congo
Public Management

I am a medical practitioner and currently work at a teaching hospital of Brazzaville, Congo. I am passionate about education and its role in changing people’s lives. Coming from a French-speaking country, my mission is to help people in my country to learn and speak English fluently in order to compete and fit in with the rest of the world.

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Martha Otieno
Kenya
Public Management

I am a community worker and my mission is to support people in order to help them maximize their potential. In addition to advocating for the rights of children and youth living on the streets, I established a community day-care center. The center supports working mothers, allowing them an opportunity to earn a living without worrying about their young ones.

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Mohamed Abdi Hassan
Somalia
Public Management

I was born in Kismayu in Somalia, but raised in Kenya. I currently work as a community development coordinator with Refugee Education Trust, in the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. Through my work, I introduced social change activities targeting idle youth in the camp. The project has so far benefitted approximately 1,000 youth between the ages of 18–35.

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Mohamed Omar Othowa
Somalia
Civic Leadership

I am a Social Worker and Nutritionist and currently work at Save the Children International in Dadaab, Kenya. Having been affected by civil war in my country of birth, Somalia, I am passionate about resolving conflict and bringing sustainable peace and prosperity to my country.

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Mufungizi Nsimire Mireille
Democratic Republic of Congo
Civic Leadership

I am a lawyer and an advisor in public administration reforms. Every day I actively work enhance the effectiveness of our state by building the capacity of my country’s human resources.

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Nama Vivien Christer
Central African Republic
Civic Leadership

While my background is in engineering mining and geology, I am an Assistant Managing Director at Action for Peace and Sustainable Development for Communities, an NGO based in Accra. Although I currently work in Ghana, my personal mission is to promote peace and sustainable development among communities in my home country of Central African Republic.

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Namboka Esther Emoru
Central African Republic
Civic Leadership

Professionally, I am a procurement professional, but as a survivor of emotional and physical violence, I founded Gals Forum International in order to help women who are in similar situations. The organization helps to build successful relationships and marriages by addressing a variety of issues impacting women including their career, health, and social development.

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Namukasa Ann
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a lawyer and a farmer in the Eastern Region of Uganda. I am passionate about empowering youth in order to address unemployment in Uganda.

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Nyombi Catherine
Uganda
Public Management

I am a lawyer and a founding member of Good Governance Options-Uganda, a pool of young motivated lawyers with a common vision of using their professional knowledge to contribute to the betterment of society. At the organization we provide legal support to vulnerable communities and to public entities in order to fast track service delivery in Uganda.

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Olive Tshimba
Democratic Republic of Congo
Civic Leadership

I am a humanitarian currently working in Bukavu, DRC. I believe in education and that we, the youth, are the generation that will transform our continent.

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Olivier Kirara
Burundi
Public Management

I am a tax auditor and currently work at Burundi Revenue Authority, in Bujumbura. However, I aspire to venture into political leadership to contribute to my country’s development, particularly working to reduce poverty levels.

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Otaigo Elisha
Tanzania
Public Management

Professionally, I am an economist at Rorya District Council in Mara, Tanzania. But because I’m passionate about agriculture and youth development, I founded Tanzania Youth Agripreneur, an initiative that inspires youth to venture into agribusiness.

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Patrick Lolung
Kenya
Civic Leadership

Currently I’m a student at Kenyatta University studying community resource management. I’m also the founder of Change the Mindset, a community program aimed at empowering youth with business skills and providing free tutorial classes to primary and secondary students.

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Penelope Katanagi
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a marketer with MOGAS Uganda Limited, but I’m also the founder of a think-tank social group. My initiative aims to connect new graduates with potential employers. The group prepares, trains, and equips young people with life skills to enable them to favorably compete in the market.

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Peter Mapuor Makur
South Sudan
Public Management

I am a social communicator at Catholic Radio Network, and chairman of Ajak Youth Association for Development, an association that works to achieve peaceful co-existence among the youth.

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Robert Mboya
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a lawyer and am also the founder of Cherehani Africa, a social enterprise that works to economically empower women interested in the fashion and tailoring business. Through community initiatives, my enterprise provides women with access to financial services and employment. I am a firm believer in the important role of women in Africa’s development.

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Ruhama Michael
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am a lawyer but currently volunteer at Association of Women in Business Ethiopia. Because I believe every child has the right to have quality education, through the AIESEC organization I was able to help more than 200 children access books and teaching interns.

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Ssekajoolo Mathew
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am a social worker by profession and currently work as a research assistant. By the time I completed my primary school education, I realized that more than half of my classmates had dropped out of school, especially the girls. This realization nurtured my passion to empower girls and ensure they remain in school and attain the highest level of education possible.

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SyIivia Kakyo
Uganda
Civic Leadership

Having been forced into early marriage at the age of 15 years old, and seeing many young girls face the same problem, I decided to invest my time in raising awareness about the importance of education and ending early marriages and domestic violence. I am also a human rights activist and a program coordinator at Response to African Youth Dynamics.

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Mutsindashyaka Theoneste
Rwanda
Public Management

I am a community health care worker and the founder of Together Everyone Achieve More Africa foundation, a community-based health program targeting those living in grassroots communities, especially women. I’m passionate about identifying talents in young people, and working with them to nurture their dreams.

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Tsilat Yewondwossen Tadesse
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am a project manager at the Center for Accelerated Women's Economic Empowerment in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I aspire to create a network of women that focuses on mentorship and creates opportunities for young girls just beginning their professional lives and who have the potential to be leaders in their communities.

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Yasir Abbas
Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am an engineer working at Ceres Space Technologies Center in Khartoum, Sudan. I am committed to having an impact in my community through leadership, education and capacity building.

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Yvonne Oluoch
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am an information technology consultant and founder of Socially Keen Individuals Redefining Tech spaces, which uses technology to give women a voice. At the organization we strive to use technology to enable young women and girls to engage in social change.

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Zebiba Getahew Sayed
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am project manager working at Volunteer Services Overseas in Addis Ababa Ethiopia where I have been managing a maternal newborn and child health project for the last two years. I am proud to say the project has resulted in a significant reduction of neonatal mortality in eight districts of Ethiopia.

YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa Alumni resource portal here.

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Ahmed Nur Muse
Somalia
Civic Leadership

My work has been centered on activism and advocacy for freedom of speech, the rights of people with disabilities, victims of rape and female genital mutilation, and people with mental health illnesses. I co-founded the first School of Social Work, introducing social work to the Somali people; that is in fact the major legacy I am currently working on. In 2011, I founded the first association for social workers in Somaliland for which I am now the vice-president.

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Ahmed Osman
Djibouti
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am currently working as an Investment and Marketing Officer at East Africa Bank. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master of Chartered Islamic Finance. Beyond my work, I interact with university student unions in order to empower young people.

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Ali Ebrahim
Ethiopia
Public Management

I currently work as a strategic planning and policy analysis senior expert at Jimma University in Ethiopia. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and currently pursuing a Master of Science in Economic Policy Analysis. I am founder of Abamilki Waste Management and Greenery micro enterprise in Jimma city.

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Ali Salad Fidow
Somalia
Civic Leadership

I am currently working with UN-HABITAT as national youth advisor. I have a Bachelor’s degree in General Nursing and a Master’s degree in health services management. I co-founded an organization called Access Center for Training and Development, and am serving as the Coordinator of Youth programs. In this role I support initiatives that aim to equip youth with life skills.

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Aniella Niyondiko
Burundi
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences for Development, with eight years of experience in the administration and finance field. Besides my professional work, I own a private company that offers waste management and recycling solutions. My hope is to solve many issues faced by my community, and bring the real change for my country and my generation.

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Ann Nekesa Kundu
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am currently working as a clerical officer at a constituency development fund and am also a student pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree. I serve as a youth leader for Bungoma County Youth Bunge Forum, an organization that empowers youth on gender mainstreaming and increasing civic participation.

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Anthony Micheni Njeru
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am founder and executive director of Helping Hands (Helping Hands Home Healthcare and Helping Hands foundation), a hybrid social enterprise that provides healthcare services to sick, terminally ill, disabled and elderly persons in the comfort of their homes. I am a holder of a Diploma in Community Health and Development, Bachelor’s degree in development Studies.

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Beatrice Merian Muliahela
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I am currently working as a Project Coordinator for the Sustainable Nou Forest Ecosystem Management Project in the Manyara Region of Tanzania. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Management and Master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.

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Bertha Peter Awary
Tanzania
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. I am currently working as an Administrative Officer and Associate Trainer at Peak Performance International Ltd.

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Caroline Wanjiru Wangui
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am currently working with the Kenya Help organization, which seeks to assist children from the slum areas. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology. I am passionate about positive change and have the willpower to be a part of making this positive change in my community and country.

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David Ngigi Munene
Kenya
Public Management

I am currently volunteering as the CYNESA Programs Manager and also serving as the Kenya National Branch’s President of the Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA). I am an aspiring poet and I have published over 160 poems online. My background is in information technology.

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Dhamir Ramadhan Yakout
Tanzania
Public Management

I am a business consultant and an entrepreneur at heart. In 2014, I resigned from my government job and founded a private business in tourism and travel, Breeze BST, based in Zanzibar. Its focus is to create simplified business solutions through software design to support private and governmental organizations. I am passionate about speaking up on behalf of my community and I am involved in fundraising activities to provide assistance to socio-economically disadvantaged children.

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Doua Dorani
Djibouti
Public Management

I am a legal advisor and a holder of a Master’s degree in Business Law. I believe in the power of education to help solve societal challenges. I also believe in the power of mentorship and commit to coaching other young people to support them in achieving their dreams.

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Edna Akoth Tukiko
Kenya
Civic Leadership

In my role as Manager of Private Sector for the Global Give Back Circle, I oversee private sector partnerships and a mentorship program that connects 700 women with 700 at- risk girls in Kenya. I also conduct mentor recruitment. In January 2016,I launched the program's 'South-South Cooperation-UN Women' in India. I am passionate about advocacy for women/girls rights and issues. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Resource Management and Extension.

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Henok Wendirad Mengistu
Ethiopia
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am currently working full time at Mak-Addis Tutors fulfilling various roles, but most importantly I am a part-time tutor for students who are in need of home tuition. Additionally, I volunteer by sharing my experience in life and business with youth across Addis Ababa. I am a holder of Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine.

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Hicham Abdourahman Abdoulraguib
Djibouti
Civic Leadership

I currently work as a restaurant manager in Djibouti. I am a holder of an advanced degree and a Master’s in International Business. I want to support initiatives in my country to improve the standard of education and ensure access for all young people.

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Irene Mureithi Nduta
Kenya
Public Management

I currently work as the Remote Sensing & GIS Analyst at Two EMS Associates LTD, a multi-disciplinary firm that provides comprehensive personal consultancy services for all facets of urban/environmental planning and surveying and mapping. I am passionate about the environment, and aspire to be like the late Wangari Maathai, a leader who was a great influence to the entire world because of her passion for conservation.

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James Leonard Magumba
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I am Founder and Managing Director of Stand For Peace Foundation, a start-up organization that advocates for promoting and enhancing peace. My desire is to promote peace and to empower youth to help keep peace. I am a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance, and a Master’s Candidate in Humanitarian Action, Cooperation and Development.

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Joachim Mangilima
Tanzania
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a data and technology enthusiast with a passion for using data and technology in addressing the most common challenges facing underserved communities. I have been active in establishing vibrant technology and data ecosystems in Tanzania by creating inclusive communities of enthusiasts. Through mentorship, these individuals are empowered to use cutting-edge technologies to address various challenges facing Tanzania and the world at large.

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Joram Ndagga
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am a passionate volunteer in community development management and co-founder of Lunch for a Child project, which helps to address the shortage of food supplies for children studying in primary schools at Bussi Island. I commit to helping to develop strong institutions that bridge the gap between poor communities and the wealthy elite, promoting social entrepreneurship for growth and development.

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Justina Wangui Wamae
Kenya
Public Management

I am a Director and a Managing Director of FinPro Associates Limited, a youth-owned enterprise that focuses on government procurement opportunity as a way of business. The company has another facet that deals in content development for TV as a way of amplifying voices of the youth facing challenges as they search for employment.

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Kayumba Omar Arthur
Democratic Republic of Congo
Public Management

I am a member of the Youth Parliament of the DRC and a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in International Public Law. The Youth Parliament that I am part of aims to ensure youth participate in the decision-making within their communities.

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Susan Wanjiru
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the founder of Lokhem Kids Entertainment Ltd, an organization that aims at discovering and nurturing talent in children ages 6-12 through a children’s magazine. I am passionate about equipping and mentoring children to ensure they make our society a better place and become great leaders in the future.

YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa Alumni resource portal here.

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Abdikariim Mohamed Daud
Somalia
Public Management

I am a senior lawyer and holder of a Master’s degree in International Law. Previously, I served as Legal and Capacity Advisor for the Somaliland Civil Service Commission where I contributed to the establishment of strong public institutions to provide effective and efficient service to the Somali people. Currently, I serve as a Capacity Building Consultant at the Interior Ministry.

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Abdisalan Ali Hashi
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am currently working as a project manager and in my line of work, I interact with local leadership and local communities as we endeavor to bring everyone together for the development of our nation. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.

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Acomai Isabella
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am currently working as a communications assistant and have a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. However, I’m passionate about empowering youth from rural communities and giving them a chance to explore their suppressed potential through quality education. Currently, I am engaged in educating one girl at a time. I specifically support girls because I believe women are responsible and have a heart for humanity.

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Adonyo Emmanuel
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am currently working as a program officer. Having been raised in a rural community in northern Uganda, I am concentrating my efforts to help reduce maternal death and to improve lives of children born with HIV/AIDS. I hope to use my leadership position to empower youth and equip them with the skills to venture into entrepreneurship.

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Agatha Wanjira Wanjiru
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am currently a fourth year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Project Planning and Management. I am also part of a local organization known as Sister Fly Foundation, where I work as a publicist. Sister Fly Foundation is a community-based organization which aims to help girls access education.

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Ahmed Abdi
Somalia
Civic Leadership

I am a certified community interpreter and currently work for UNHCR Kakuma sub-office as a translator. I am currently pursuing an advanced certificate in Humanitarian Interpreting from the University of Geneva. I am also the co-founder of a youth-led community based organization, Union of Somali Youth, which is based in Kakuma refugee camp. The organization works with the local community to fight illiteracy, drug abuse, female genital mutilation, and child marriage.

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Ali Suleiman Mohamed
Somalia
Public Management

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Nairobi. This field has always been of interest to me and I hope the technical skills will help me contribute to the political process in my country. During holidays, I also give back to the community at the refugee camp, where I volunteer as an English teacher.

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Azeb Gebresilassie
Ethiopia
Public Management

Currently I work as an assistant professor of Public Health in the school of Public Health at Mekelle University. I’m committed to strengthening the quality of education to increase the competency of healthcare professionals in my country. I am a holder of a Master’s degree in Public Health from Mekelle University, and earned a certificate in Senior Leadership Program from Yale University, USA.

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Bethel Shiferaw Shembu
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I work as a Project Coordinator at the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development. I became disabled after Junior High School. In order to accept my disability and to prove to society that disability does not mean living life differently, I used education to overcome my challenges. While at university, I co-founded ‘Psychology in Action’ club, a space for students who are facing problems to seek peer support.

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Billy Modest Kabwika Tshakama
Democratic Republic of Congo
Civic Leadership

I am the founder and Executive Director of United English Speakers Coalition, an initiative to help young people to improve their English proficiency. I am a living testimonial that dreams can be achieved if society invests in young people, and because of my experience, I use education to improve the life of others.

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Carmel Jimbere
Burundi
Civic Leadership

I currently work as a Leadership Officer at Young Entrepreneurs' Park, an NGO which empowers youth with the skills and knowledge to start their own businesses. When we began, people were apprehensive, but two years later we have helped 50 young people to start a business. I believe that development is possible if a country invests in entrepreneurship and leadership.

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Elias Teshome Ashene
Ethiopia
Business & Entrepreneurship

I have a strong passion for women’s empowerment and social entrepreneurship, and currently work as a policy analyst and gender consultant. I am holder of two Master’s degrees, one in Public Policy and another in Public Administration and Public Policy. I love being one of the fearless change makers who is addressing the root causes of Africa’s problems and trying to accelerate its growth trajectory.

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Elizabeth Mbinya Mulili
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a student at the University of Nairobi, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology. I champion the creation of small women-only financial groups to help them contribute to business ideas that are otherwise difficult to fund. The pool of funds can be used to fund the members’ start-ups, which can hopefully grow into large business enterprises.

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Faith Zainabu Simotwo
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am the Country Director of Voice of Youth Africa in Kenya. We advocate and promote good governance and participatory democracy by building a strong network of youth leaders Africa. I am currently leading my country in the initiative #DoSomethingKenya in order to address the issue of climate change.

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Jack Hisard
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am the founder and Executive Director of Mama Clinic, a medical center that offers quality healthcare services to the poor. The clinic has provided free medical care to more than 30,000 patients. I am a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Justine Nyaruri
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the founder of Hands for Change Foundation, which addresses alcoholism, drug abuse, and prostitution in order to foster youth empowerment. I am also a co-founder of Eco-bora, a company that produces biomass pellets as a source of green fuel. We have been able to support six children's homes by supplying them with fuel.

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Kigenza Rogers
Rwanda
Public Management

I currently work as a Senior Communication, Public Relations & Call Center Officer at the Rwanda Revenue Authority. Based on my education as a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I believe that by raising tax revenues, my country can become self- sufficient.

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Kwikiriza Zeddy
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

By profession, I am a teacher, but I am also a founder of Runimi Breeders Limited poultry farm. I am also co-founder of Friends of the Youth Africa, an NGO which trains youth about entrepreneurship. My aspiration is to see an innovative Africa in which youth champion initiatives to help to reduce poverty levels and unemployment.

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Lind Achieng Odede
Kenya
Public Management

I currently work as a Community and Resource Mobilization Officer at Dobiz International, a social enterprise that aims to empower youth through entrepreneurship. I am also co-founder of Teenage Mothers Advancement Program, an initiative that supports pregnant teenagers. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Disaster Management and International Diplomacy.

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Lionel Binson Nzaba Bendo
Republic of Congo
Civic Leadership

Currently I work as an entrepreneurship trainer and serve as the founder of the International Network of Congolese Managers and Project Evaluators. I am a member of AIESEC, an international platform for students to discover and develop their potential to have a positive impact. I also have a Master's degree in Project Management.

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Lucy Yusuf
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I’m currently a final year student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Development Studies. I am volunteer at Alternative To Violence project in Kenya, which provides conflict management skills and psychosocial support for victims of violence. I am also a volunteer proposal writer at Chariots of Mercy Organization that focuses empowerment through education.

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Luyinda Emmanuel
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the Chief Executive Officer of Village Port Limited and a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. I also have a certificate in pig production and pig artificial insemination. I am also an emerging agricultural entrepreneur as I’ve been involved in the pig agri-business sector in Uganda for the past two years.

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Marian Mwaka Deche
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am currently pursuing my post-graduate studies in environmental management. I believe that if empowered and given the opportunity, young women who are faced with a myriad of challenges can be pioneers of change in society. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture.

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Mary Maina
Kenya
Public Management

I currently work as an intern at UNEP, where I am part of a team that drafts governance policies. Being part of this team gives me purpose and meaning. I hope I will one day bring meaningful change through policy, laws, and governance that will bring an end to wildlife crimes and environmental degradation. I am a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

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Milly Stephen Sanga
Tanzania
Public Management

I currently work as a Communication Officer having earned my Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, and a Master’s Degree in Development Studies. I am passionate about youth empowerment and the use of entrepreneurship as a solution to solve societal challenges caused by youth unemployment in Tanzania.

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Mohamed Abdullahi Guleid
Somalia
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am co-founder of a research firm that provides consultancy services in different fields including education, health, and capacity building. I manage and run a farming project that supplies organic vegetables at affordable prices to low income people. I am passionate about community empowerment, and use my skills and knowledge to benefit my community.

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Mohamed Salat Osman
Kenya
Public Management

I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Economics at Kenyatta University. I have worked towards the attainment of crucial development objectives in Machakos County, Kenya, including the implementation of projects in healthcare, agriculture, education, tourism, trade development, and water provision.

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Morine Wairimu Mwangi
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am the founder of Literature Africa Foundation, an organization that nurtures a culture of reading and also provides mentorship to young people. I used my educational background in journalism and mass communication to author six books, five of which have been approved for use in schools in Kenya and Uganda.

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Mwesigye Didas
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am the Program Director of Teen Challenge Uganda, an organization that helps people who have life-controlling behaviors. The organization runs two residential homes for men and women, with a bed capacity of 30 beds respectively. We also run an outreach program that touches over 100 young people through schools and crisis care centers. I am a holder of a Diploma in Christian leadership.

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Navuga Yayeri
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I currently work as an Operations Manager at Bless A Child Foundation Uganda. I am also part of the Patient Support Working Group, which helps to spread awareness about cancer. In Uganda, more children are dying of cancer and cancer-related illnesses and yet public information and communication about the disease remains almost nonexistent.

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Nurilign Mulugeta Gurmessa
Ethiopia
Public Management

I currently work as a lecturer of law at Wollega University and also serve as Director of the University’s Legal Services Directorate. Most significantly, I am one of the lecturers who founded the law school's legal aid center. I also developed the curriculum for those pursuing post-graduate studies in law.

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Nyamagesa Laban
Tanzania
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management. When not at the university, I write and share my articles on my website www.misounayasite.wordpress.com. I also organize workshops in secondary schools and universities addressing different issues that my community faces, such as unemployment.

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Otai James
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a Program Officer at Educate!, a social enterprise that addresses youth unemployment through practical skills training in leadership, entrepreneurship, and mentorship. More than 8,500 youth have benefited from the program, with more than 60% of them running either business or community projects while still at school.

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Patrick Bacokorana Kanyeihamba
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am a Programs Officer at Women and Rural Development Network in Pader District in northern Uganda, an area that was ravaged by war. I took an interest in HIV/AIDS after observing the magnitude of its impact on my community. I noticed the impact that HIV/AIDS has particularly among women and adolescent girls who disproportionately account for 70% of all new infections in Uganda.

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Prudence Ndabasanze
Rwanda
Public Management

My passion for the environment led me to serve as a co-founder of Rwanda Biodiversity Media Group which uses a communications platform to create public awareness about biodiversity conservation. While I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Conservation, I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Geo-Information in Environment and Sustainable Development.

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Rigat Tesfamicheal Keleta
Eritrea
Civic Leadership

I have a strong conviction that investing and empowering youth, especially young women, is the avenue to developing a prosperous society. Because of this passion, I volunteer with the National Union of Women in my country as a contribution towards empowerment of women. I also currently work as a coordinator of gender awareness programs for higher education institutions.

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Roselyne Mukuhi Mugo
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am founder of a mentorship program, through which we visit schools to encourage children to take charge of their lives. As an alumna of my primary school, I am in charge of mentorship of the children currently studying in the school. Through this initiative we have facilitated the sponsorship of approximately 200 children so that they may continue attending classes.

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Rukundo Doreen
Uganda
Public Management

I currently work as a Parish Chief at Kisoro District. I have a strong commitment to work towards the promotion of social justice and to support vulnerable people in the community. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences majoring in public administration and management.

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Sara Bagadi Mohammed Hummad
Sudan
Civic Leadership

I currently work as a Youth Volunteer Coordinator. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Rural Extension Education and Development, and have also earned a Master’s degree in Sustainable Rural Development. For the past six years, I have volunteered for more than five nongovernmental associations to advocate for sensitive issues in my country. I’m especially passionate about issues relating to women and youth development programs.

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Sarah Mohammed Ahmed Abbas Mohammed Ahmed
Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am currently a member of Ana Lan Initiative, a Sudanese youth program which seeks to end female genital mutilation by advocating personal responsibility and enhancing awareness about the practice. I also have experience working with minors who are in conflict with the law; I work to ensure that minors receive help in order to rehabilitate and reintegrate into the community.

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Stella Sigana
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am founder of 42 Plus Foundation, an organization that advocates to empower youth in order to create a driven society. I want to develop an incubator program to provide juvenile offenders with a platform to empower themselves after they are released from prison. I am a holder of a Master of Science degree in Entrepreneurship.

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Steve Biko Oten
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am founder of an adult learning project that supports members of the community who would like to complete their primary or secondary education. There are few adult learning centers in Kenya, and fewer have qualified teachers to tutor the students. Our project uses a model in which professional teachers from nearby schools tutor the adults at an affordable rate.

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Tamrat Befekadu Abebe
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I currently work as an assistant lecturer in clinical pharmacy at the University of Gondar. Working in an academic institution provides me with an opportunity to be a role model and teach younger generations who are the backbone of my country’s development. As a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and as a healthcare provider, I have an opportunity to help the community to address major health problems thorough research.

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Tigist Woldeselassie Eyasu
Ethiopia
Business & Entrepreneurship

In my country, population growth coupled with changing climate conditions has drastically affected natural resources and the socioeconomic infrastructure. In collaboration with a friend, we developed a proposal which suggests ways of reducing the negative effects of environmental degradation, and I am eager to begin implementing the proposed recommendations.

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Valentino Amanya
Kenya
Public Management

I am currently a fourth year law student at Kenyatta University. I have a passion to mentor and empower a successful generation of young men and women in their academics, social life, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills. I run a non-profit organization called the Motisha Foundation. So far we have impacted several different schools all over the county especially in slums and in the rural areas.

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Zubeda Issa Mohammed
Tanzania
Public Management

I am currently working as Director of Operations at Star Wash Detergents. I earned a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Geography and International Studies. I have previously worked with the government as a Policy and Development Assistant Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Zanzibar, which is under the Department of Forestry and Non-Renewable Natural Resources.

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Abraham Bakuenyin Nyanwel
South Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am a teacher and former employee of the International Rescue Committee South Sudan Program. I advocate for the rights of vulnerable people, especially children, women, and girls. I have also been participating in peace rallies and conflict mitigation processes in my country.

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Agnes Kawala
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am a Program and Development Officer at a Aim for Restoration of Hope, an organization with a mission of scaling up communities’ spiritual, health, and socioeconomic empowerment. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Development Studies.

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Amha Weldehana
Ethiopia
Public Management

I am a physician and a lecturer at the Addis Ababa University. Growing up in a slum in Addis Ababa, I knew the only way out of the cycle of poverty was through education. I plan to continue my studies and hopefully, open and run a medical facility in the future.

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Amna Abdelaziz Adam Tameem
Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am a holder of a Master’s degree in Rural Development and for nine years I’ve been working in the humanitarian sector in North Darfur. I’ve focused on the child protection sector, providing psychosocial support to children affected by war. My goal is to help build the capacity of youth and to equip them with the skills needed in the job market or for entrepreneurship opportunities.

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Anne Alividza
Sudan
Public Management

I recently completed my studies with a focus on education. My mission is to empower the boy child, and encourage boys to embrace education. My plan is to do this through mentorship and by working in collaboration with parents and teachers.

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Bakojja Scott James
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am a lawyer by profession and I currently support teenage mothers by volunteering for a local nongovernmental organization. We provide help so that teenage mothers are able to bring up their children while continuing their education at the same time.

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Begashaw Melaku
Ethiopia
Civic Leadership

I am the founder of a project called Pharmaceuticals Compounding Unit and Improving Clinical Pharmacy Service in northern Ethiopia, Amhara region. The project has so far had a significant impact by improving the quality of health care in the region. The project also seeks to prevent ineffective treatment or toxicity of medications by educating caretakers about the appropriate dosage of medication for children.

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Beingana Geofrey
Rwanda
Public Management

I am the president of the National Association of Pharmacy Students. I was born in Uganda and grew up in a refugee camp. Because of my background and experience as a refugee, I vowed to be a human rights activist. I conduct advocacy activities through the Rwanda Youth Task Force and the pharmaceutical students association.

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Benedicto Ekai Esekon
Kenya
Public Management

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Nutrition and Dietetics. I was brought up in Turkana, a marginalized area in Kenya, and I fought all odds to access education. Because of my background, I am in the process of setting up a movement known as Safe Harbour, which will champion the rights of the underprivileged, particularly street children.

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Clara Muthoni Njeru
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I volunteer with Homeless of Nairobi, an organization that works with street children. I also volunteer with Kusoma Tu Foundation, an organization that works with upper-primary schoolchildren who have low or no reading skills. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and I’m currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Development Studies.

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Dagimawie Tadesse
Ethiopia
Public Management

I am the Laboratory Coordinator and the Lead Laboratory Technologist for ArbaMinch General Hospital Leishmaniasis Research and Treatment Center. I am a holder of Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science and a Master’s degree in Medical Microbiology. I am flexible, quick to pick up new skills, and eager to learn from others.

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Dalton Odomoch
Uganda
Public Management

I am a lawyer, and a co-owner of Tourist Bay Hotel in Jinja. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Law degree and a Master of Law degree with specialization in human rights, public international law, women’s rights, social research, and legal control of natural resources. I am also very proud of my masters’ thesis on the protection of the rights of sexual minorities and the personal liberties of homosexuals.

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Eddom Silabi
Tanzania
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am currently working with Catholic Relief Services as a Pharmaceutical Management and Supply Chain Specialist for an HIV/AIDS project. Together with other partners, we collaboratively work to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality care in both regional and district health facilities.

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Edna Sawe
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am founder of Bio-Pane World Company, which provides access to clean, green, and renewable energy to people living in the rural areas. Through job creation, my company supports women and youth and helps to contribute to a sustainable economy. I am a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and a post-graduate Diploma in Urban Agri-business and E-commerce.

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Edwin Kimtai Birech
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am a human rights advocate working as a Program Assistant at the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Kenya. I have extensive experience in governance and advocacy. My greatest accomplishment to date is creating awareness about human rights at the grassroots level.

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Elie Mandela
Rwanda
Civic Leadership

I am passionate about global and public health issues, and keen on supporting efforts to find solutions. I am currently studying pharmacy at the University of Rwanda and I’m a member of the Rwanda Pharmaceutical Students Association. Recently, I co-founded the Rwanda Chronic Diseases and Tobacco Control Activists group in order to engage in research that will influence country policies.

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Elizabeth Odima Adongo
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am one of the founders of the Shackles of Destiny Self Help group, which mentors high school students through the arts. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship Studies and I hope to live in a community where all entrepreneurs who did not have an opportunity to go to school have access to the necessary skills.

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Esther Joseph Cheyo
Tanzania
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a university student, volunteer, social activist, and organizer of Tanzania’s international Model UN. I hope to start an initiative that will empower people without technical skills to begin income-generating activities.

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Francis Nuwagaba
Rwanda
Civic Leadership

I am a youth activist, global health advocate, and a humanitarian enthusiast. I have been engaging in projects that strive to bring positive change, such as those aimed at improving the communities’ standard of living, and those offering access to food and shelter, education, and above all, access to health care.

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Jonathan Asuma
Uganda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and I am extensively involved in the advancement of the dairy sector. I aspire to use my background in agriculture to be an innovative entrepreneur. I am passionate about serving others and my greatest pleasure is in seeing my actions and activities positively impact someone's life.

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Juliette Natumoi Kilanya
Kenya
Civic Leadership

After being shot and surviving several bullet injuries during a carjacking, I believe in second chances. Since the incident, I have dedicated my energy to two groups of important people—juvenile offenders and the marginalized girl child. I am a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Education and am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Educational Administration.

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Martin Bunane
Rwanda
Business & Entrepreneurship

Malnutrition is a major challenge in my community, particularly affecting the poor, due to nutritional deficiencies. Through Imarb Group, the organization I founded, I work to prevent chronic diseases in my society by advising people about the importance of a well-balanced diet.

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Moussa Euphrem Aurel
Central African Republic
Civic Leadership

I am a logistics assistant and a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Diploma in International Trade. However, I’m in the process of setting up a non-profit organization to focus on the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS in Central African Republic.

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Mutasim Mohammed Alhadi Abusin
Sudan
Civic Leadership

I am a Project Manager and a holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology and Tourism. I also co-founded Raifaisen Cooperative, a non-profit organization which supports young entrepreneurs through a micro-finance scheme. In addition, I provide financial services and conduct feasibility studies required by banks in order to approve funding.

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Rose Nakame
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am co-founder of Irise Uganda, an organization that advocates, supports, assists, and advises women, with a current focus on issues surrounding menstruation. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Through Irise, I have been able to train 38 student activists and employ 20 women in the reusable pad enterprise, and another 10 as health educators. So far, Irise has reached 8,000 girls and we plan on reaching many more.

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Ndayishimiye Salima
Burundi
Civic Leadership

I’m the co-founder of the Muslim Youth Vision Association and I am also a radio presenter at Radio Buja FM. My radio show focuses on problems youth encounter in our society, such as unwanted pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, and other community issues. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences.

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Newhame Dagne Leake
Ethiopia
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and I’m currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering. I am the founder of New Horizons Engineering and Management, a private limited company. My company is currently studying the use of bamboo, because Ethiopia has 67% of Africa’s bamboo resource. Our goal is to use bamboo as a source of energy, water, and air purification, while simultaneously creating employment opportunities.

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Ntale Mary Balikuddembe
Uganda
Civic Leadership

I am the Executive Director of Youth Creativity @Hand Uganda (YCH-U), a not- for-profit organization that trains youth and women with practical skills such as tailoring and fashion design, cookery and food hygiene, crafts-making, hair dressing, decoration, and working on computers. I am a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Social Administration, and I have a Diploma in Secondary School Education and Fine Art.

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Nuru Sheha Juma
Tanzania
Civic Leadership

I work as a HIV/AIDS counselor and also volunteer in an organization that implements developmental strategies for youth. I am a holder of a Diploma in Clinical Medicine.

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Patrick Ndikumana
Burundi
Civic Leadership

I work as a youth coordinator and I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I am committed to helping young people to use their abilities and take control of their lives. I hope to establish a movement where young people support each other and find solutions to the challenges they face.

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Rosemary Waleghwa Madoka
Kenya
Public Management

I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Education and have been a teacher for three years. I also mentor young people in secondary schools through the Undugu Mentorship program in order to help keep children in school.

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Shikama Dioscore
Rwanda
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am the founder of Go Ltd., which helps small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to build their online presence in order to expand their market. Our aim is to reach 5,000 SMEs within the next three years. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Botany, and Conservation.

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Shreenal Ruparelia
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a Management Consultant with a charity known as Action This Day. Through the charity we have set up a community school, for which I help to develop business plans, streamline daily operational structures, and fund raise for school projects. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Arts.

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Ssekiwanda Bonny
Uganda
Public Management

I am the Project Director of Kibaale Child Development Centre and I also serve as the Chairperson of the Rakai District Youth Council. The Council supports the neediest children in the community by providing them with access to education. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Accounting.

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Timypaul Timothy Lupe
Democratic Republic of Congo
Civic Leadership

I volunteer as the President of the English Department at the Kuvuna Foundation Youth Leadership Institute. In this role, I oversee more than 50 people. Additionally, I host a weekly English club, and try to live up to being a leader in every sense of word.

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Veronica Wambui Koimburi
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am the co-founder of RADIC, a community based organization that transforms the lives of the most vulnerable children in the community through mentorship. Through RADIC’s mentorship clubs, we have impacted more than 300 schoolchildren directly and reached more than 1,000 individuals indirectly.

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Wangalwa Musa
Kenya
Business & Entrepreneurship

I am a volunteer at a charitable organization that provides access to education for orphans and vulnerable children in Busia County. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management. As such, my passion lies in community development, youth empowerment, sustainable development of tourism (rural and cultural tourism), and the use of available resources and opportunities to create wealth.

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Winnie Muchina
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am a Financial Analyst at Genghis Capital Investment Bank and I’ve earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance and a Master’s degree in International Economics. Although I have been in the financial sector for almost three years, my passion lies in mentoring and educating young people to be the best they can be despite their circumstances.

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Winnie Njoki Kariuki
Kenya
Public Management

I am a lawyer, a holder of a Bachelor of Law Degree, and a post graduate diploma in law. I have worked extensively in matters of access to justice, public interest and legal aid, legal research, and policy reform. I have significant experience facilitating strategic partnerships, stakeholder engagement, along with developing and implementing donor funded programs. I also have expertise in lobbying, advocacy, as well as civic education and capacity building.

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Yukabeth Kidenda
Kenya
Civic Leadership

I am the founder of Human Link, a project that provides mentorship, academic assistance, and project management support to at-risk youth in Kenya. I am a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Strathmore University.

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